USA Hockey announced a roster of twenty players that will compete for the US at the upcoming World Junior A Challenge, held in Cobourg and Whitby, Ontario December 13-19.
The World Junior A Challenge is a U20 event sponsored by Hockey Canada to showcase players playing at the Junior A level. All 20 players announced to the USA roster currently play in the USHL. The US has won six of the past seven tournaments.
Every US player selected is currently committed to a college, save former Maine Black Bear Liam Pecararo. Four players on the team have already been drafted, with another four players eligible for the Draft for the first time this summer.
One more forward and one defenseman are expected to announced prior to the tournament, but at this point, the roster looks like this:
|Andrew Peeke||D||R||6-3||205||1998-03-07||Parkland||FL||Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)||University of Notre Dame||2016 NHL Entry Draft Eligible|
|John Marino||D||R||6-2||185||1997-05-21||North Easton||MA||Tri-City Storm (USHL)||Harvard University||EDM (2015, 6th rd., 154 ovr.)|
|Jack Ahcan||D||L||5-8||170||1997-05-18||Savage||MN||Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)||St. Cloud State University|
|Mitch Reinke||D||R||5-11||178||1996-02-04||Stillwater||MN||Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)||Michigan Tech University|
|Ryan Zuhlsdorf||D||L||6-0||195||1997-07-01||Edina||MN||Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)||University of Minnesota||TBL (2015, 5th rd., 150 ovr.)|
|Spenser Young||D||R||5-10||177||1997-03-24||Brentwood||NH||Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)||Providence College|
|Chase Pearson||F||L||6-3||186||1997-08-23||Alpharetta||GA||Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)||University of Maine||DET (2015, 5th rd., 140 ovr.)|
|Tanner Laczynski||F||R||6-0||174||1997-06-01||Shorewood||IL||Chicago Steel (USHL)||Ohio State University|
|William Knierim||F||R||6-3||212||1998-01-22||Skokie||IL||Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)||Miami University||2016 NHL Entry Draft Eligible|
|Callahan Burke||F||R||5-10||179||1997-03-24||Boxborough||MA||Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)||University of Notre Dame|
|Liam Pecararo||F||L||5-11||164||1996-04-05||Canton||MA||Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)|
|Max Zimmer||F||L||5-11||185||1997-10-29||Medina||MN||Chicago Steel (USHL)||University of Wisconsin||2016 NHL Entry Draft Eligible|
|Rem Pitlick||F||L||5-10||195||1997-04-02||Plymouth||MN||Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)||University of Minnesota|
|Jake Wahlin||F||L||5-9||170||1996-11-09||White Bear Lake||MN||Tri-City Storm (USHL)||St. Cloud State University|
|Josh Wilkins||F||L||5-11||170||1997-06-11||Raleigh||NC||Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)||Providence College|
|Ross Colton||F||L||6-0||190||1996-09-11||Robbinsville||NJ||Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)||University of Vermont|
|Grant Jozefek||F||R||5-10||185||1997-10-25||Chester||NJ||Lincoln Stars (USHL)||Northeastern University||2016 NHL Entry Draft Eligible|
|Carson Meyer||F||R||5-9||167||1997-08-18||Powell||OH||Tri-City Storm (USHL)||Miami University|
|Colin Peters||F||R||6-0||165||1997-02-05||Sheboygan||WI||Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)||Northern Michigan University|
|Kris Oldham||G||L||6-4||210||1997-06-25||Anchorage||AK||Omaha Lancers (USHL)||University of Nebraska Omaha||TBL (2015, 6th rd., 153 ovr.)|